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Activists advocating for women's rights marched from Civic Center Plaza to the Embarcadero on January 18, 2020.

Sexist Slang: A Trend That Needs To Go

June 12, 2020

“Go back to the kitchen.” “Make me a sandwich.” “Stop acting like a girl.” Women are often subject to these comments, which imply that they are not good for anything except housekeeping. This has been a common trend for centuries, but a why hasn’t it ended? With more women in the workplace, especially in what were previously male-dominated fields, many people assume that ...

Many teens have become frontline essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic.

Teens Become Essential Workers

May 27, 2020

While millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, some have been shoved onto America’s front lines. This time, the front lines don’t indicate an armed conflict, but a war against this deadly virus. In this fight, 17-year-olds like us have become unlikely frontiersmen of the battle along with doctors, delivery drivers, and grocery store clerks. Two months ago, we were just teenagers...

How to turn quarantine time into quality time.

Making the Most of the Quarantine

May 27, 2020

There are things that really stink about the stay at home measures, but there are also things to try that might just help you make the most of the situation.

When it comes to what we are going to do for school next year, many things remain unclear.

What Happens Next?

May 27, 2020

On April 20, FCPS superintendent Manny Caulk announced that school would remain closed for the remainder of the school year. This announcement didn't exactly come as a surprise. The number of COVID-19 was rising in the county and the state, and it looked like social distancing measures weren’t going to ease up any time soon. Since schools were closed for the rest of the year and it didn't seem like...

Many students use online platforms such as Google Classroom to access work their teachers assign at home.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of NTI

April 25, 2020

Students and teachers are finding positives and negatives to the new style of teaching and learning. The most common benefit, according to students, is a more relaxed pace. “I like doing these online days because I can work leisurely at my own speed,” freshman Alex Ochsenbein said. Dunbar has kept the structured A and B-day schedule students and teachers are used to with the exception of...

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has taken many steps to ensure the safety of Kentuckians in the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Andy at 5’ Keeps Kentuckians Connected

April 6, 2020

Kentucky’s 63rd Governor, Andy Beshear, has been in the spotlight since the first coronavirus case in Kentucky was confirmed on March 6. Beshear has gained popularity through his nightly briefings at 5 p.m. to update the number of positive cases, how to stay safe and flatten the curve, relief opportunities for those who have lost their jobs or need assistance, and reassurance that everything wi...

Take an iBreak

Take an iBreak

March 30, 2020

I took a poll of fifty high school students, asking them how they typically spent their free time. The options were: getting on social media/watching tv, Netflix, etc, exercise/sports practice, and reading/arts (painting, drawing, coloring, etc). Of these options, 32 students chose the technological option, 11 chose the athletic option, and 7 chose reading/arts.  Senior Taylor Albrecht falls in...

Beaches begin to close which cancel many vacations.

Coronavirus Cancels Vacations

March 30, 2020

FCPS’s spring break was scheduled this past week; however, it hardly felt like a break as students have already been out of school for two weeks. Fayette County Public Schools are not scheduled to resume classes until at least May 4. As of April 1, Kentucky has 770 confirmed reported cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths. Due to the increase in cases worldwide and nationwide, many families cancel...

Students, Dunbar Misses You!

March 23, 2020

After COVID-19 shut down schools in Fayette County until April 20, PLD Lamplighter wanted to do something for students at home who might need a message of encouragement from their teachers and counselors. With high levels of uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus, several faculty and staff members let students know that they understood and that they were experiencing the same fears, uncertainty, and...

Students in Tara Wilkinson's creative writing class sit in the famed

Creative Writing Classes at Dunbar are Like a Second Home

March 13, 2020

My A4 class for my whole sophomore year would be Creative Writing, and I was terrified about it. The first time I walked into Tara Wilkinson’s classroom, though, I knew I was right where I was supposed to be. Our class was fairly small, only 15-16 students, but we would soon find out that this would make us an even closer group. I went from not knowing anyone in that class to making some of ...

Stressing About the ACT Exam?

March 10, 2020

Studying for the ACT stresses students out. For most students who plan on heading to college after high school, they understand that this test is crucial for them. The higher the score, the more likely students will get scholarships and get into their top college choice.  The ACT is on March 10 for all of Fayette County's high schools. Sophomores and juniors will be taking the ACT test, and fresh...

What is a Supermoon?

March 9, 2020

Staff members interviewed Astronomy teacher, Mr. Scot Gill, to find out what a supermoon is, and why it happens.